Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered WheatTallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat

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BA SCORE
86
very good

94 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 332
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 35
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jaycount on 03-30-2011

We originally brewed Halcyon as our first summer seasonal, but since all the Halcyon fans (a.k.a: kiteheads) asked so nicely, we now brew this magical brew year around. Besides, who doesn't want a little taste of summer on a dark winter night?

We are proud of all our beers, but Halcyon is special. We are in “the wheat state” after all, so the pressure was on us to make a wheat beer, but we knew it had to be great. Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat is the result of that Midwestern angst, an all-American wheat with real Kansas-grown grain in the brew.

We start with raw Kansas white wheat in the mix to give it a nice edge, but what really makes it shine is the hops. We use “hop-bursting” late in the brewing process and this gives Halcyon its palate of tropical fruit flavors & aromas with a bright and refreshing taste like the best days of summer.

20 IBU
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Photo of garymuchow
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Soft wheat aroma with a bit of tart and citrus, but not much. A bit grainy
Huge head if not stopping and pouring more carefully. Cloudy and darker moving towards a dirty yellow.
Nice malt mix with wheat and pale barley bare knuckling it out on my tongue. Then a very soft hop with a bit of earthy grassiness appears and moves towards a kinda' dry yet soft closing. Just a touch of tart and fruit.
Moderate fullness and very soft with a soft fullness from the carbonation.
Solid Am. wheat that is not in the vein of highly hopped. Appropriate for Kansas. (560 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you garymuchow for this
16 oz can poured into a weizen glass

A- A light amber/golden color with a four finger white head.

S- Wheat, faint fruitiness, biscuits, slightly spicy.

T- Wheat, bready sweetness, nice light fruitiness, mild yeast, floral notes, spicy/earthy finish with light bitterness.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- A nice easy drinking wheat. Doesn't blow me away but I feel I would pick this up in the summer if it was available around me. (467 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I only get a slight hint of tropical fruit, but there's a lovely wheat malt character. It's big and doughy with a hint of caramel and lemon, but the beer is very drinkable. It's nice, but I want more varied flavor — a few buckets of hops would probably do the trick. (268 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is just a great midwestern wheat beer, incredibly fruity from the hops, almost surprising there isnt pineapple or something right in it. super fluffy feeling and full bodied, i like how big it is, seems a nice contrast to all of the wheat beers out there that are so similar. its decidedly not a wit or a hefe or an ipa type, it gets out there on its own trajectory, and i like its uniqueness. its well hoppy too, but fruity and punchy and fresh, not bitter and oily at all, but incredibly boldly flavored on the whole and yet extremely drinkable because its so light in alcohol and well carbonated. i have not had much beer from tall grass at all, but this is excellent stuff, and if its indicative of the rest of their portfolio, i need to get my hands on some more of it. one of the better straight up wheat beers i have had in awhile, and deserves the acclaim and loyal following it seems to have everywhere its distributed. (933 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours up to a nice thick head that lasts and a hazy yellow. Aroma is doughy, wheaty, biscuity with a bit of floral and tropical fruit, perhaps from the hops. Flavor is clean, balanced, "smooth" and thirst quenching-- everything to ask for in a summer wheat beer with a subtle hop character along the way. Clean grainy finish. Feels great in the mouth and on the tongue. Damn good wheat beer. (393 characters)

Photo of Alexrdvz
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

His is the kinda beer you can enjoy at the beach during summer, or at the pool. It is VERY fruity... A little too much for my taste and that is right where it looses me. (170 characters)

Photo of Jayhawknv
4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice wheat beer; but then it better be since it's from my home state, the Wheat Capital. Was visiting from Nevada,my new found home of 28 years and decided I should try some Kansas wheat beer...nice color, nice white pillowy head, nice aroma--but wow-very very tasty--a keeper. (283 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Radiant gold blond but with a slight haze
S:The lemon taste becomes readily apparent and bready wheat malt.
T: The lemon character establishes its self first and then the wheat character. It has a great balance between yeast and malt with a very slight hop presence. slightly dry and not sweet.
M: Crisp, slightly dry, and an ideal lawn mower beer.
Overall: A strong entry into the category, but some more malt and hop complexity to the taste profile would be welcome (471 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

A: cloudy yellow-gold, and 3 fingers huge head
S: very faint banana, slightly more lemon, a bit of sourdough and grain, slight on the hops
T: first sip is like the nose, then the wheat becomes more pronounced mid and late taste. A little bit chalky, not too sweet, and then some zest and pepper with grain on the tongue at the end.
M: refreshing, fairly crisp, finishes a little dry.
Overall: well done; you've got to give some props to a committed focus on Kansas wheat. Probably would seem even better if it was a summer day instead of mid-October? (553 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Pours a extremely pale yellow with a monstrous head that hands on for dear life. Nice chunks of unfiltered somethings floating near the bottom

S - Slightly yeasty aroma with hints of lemon and perhaps other citrus. Also has a very very slight peppery spiciness to it

T - Slight bitterness up font followed by lemon and yeast. Again very slightly peppery on the finish

M - pretty thin mouthfeel. Very slick. Refreshing in the mouth and dry on the finish

O - Nice summer wheat beer. Very drinkable but with more kick than most wheats. Not something I would crave all the time but can see myself picking it up from time to time. (640 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold with a nice carbonated head. Hay, wheat and grain predominate the nose. There's nothing subtle about the taste of wheat on the tongue. Very bready also, with a bit of lemony citrus. Medium mouth that seems to me a bit chewy, but that may be from all the wheat this beer implants upon the brain. This is an unexpectedly nice beer. (348 characters)

Photo of ctxfenris
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into a pint glass.
Cloudy, golden color. Significant head.
Smells of wheat and citrus.
Much more citrus than other wheat beers I've tried. Tastes very refreshing.
Wheat, citrus, and a bit of hops. Very balanced.
I like it. Would have again. (263 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Golden, hazy, with a slight amber hue in the center.

Aroma- Very subtle, but wheat, grain, and fruity sweetness comes through.

Taste- At first fruity flavors are present like orange, banana, and a little bit of lemon. At the first sip settles wheat and grain become present. Taste is balanced with mild hop flavors and wheaty malt balancing each other out.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, sips coat the tongue briefly. Smooth and easy drinking.

Overall- A very good wheat ale with nice flavors, balance, and not overly sweet. I think this works best as a beer paired with food (especially BBQ) rather than a everyday session beer, not that its even meant to be that. Overall another solid beer from Tallgrass, but there's plenty of superior wheats out there competing for my money. (82/100) (801 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderately golden hued with plenty of haziness. Brussels lacing. A fingernail of off white head sits on top. Aroma of pale wheat with just a trace of banana. The pale wheat flavor is a bit of a sourdough bread note. The mouth is very light and this is highly quaffable. (269 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The liquid color is goldenstraw; slightly hazy but the head is what is expected for a wheat beer; nice retention and a webby pattern of lace

Smell: Crusty bread, malted milk balls and a hint of lemon

Taste: Bready with a malted milk ball flavor, up front; slightly herbal and lemony, in the middle, but the finish returns the sweeter malts with a vengeance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; creamy

Overall: I imagine this is a crowd pleaser, particularly for those who like a sweeter style; a wheat beer with a difference, but I prefer mine hoppy (578 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bernie's Taproom in Waukesha, WI. This pours a cloudy, golden amber color with a slight head. The taste is smooth, full of wheat and a hint of citrus. Overall pretty good and delicious. For being a lesser known wheat beer, this is pretty good. (253 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A wheat and grain forward aroma with nice hints of citrus fruit and earthy hops. Wheat and pale malt upfront with hints of grains, biscuit, cracker, straw, and yeast. Subtle hints of white pepper. Citrus hop hints of orange, pineapple, apricot, melon, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop hints as well. A pretty nice and zesty wheat beer aroma that is well balanced by the hops.

Taste: Like it smells, a zesty and bready wheat driven taste with nice notes of citrus fruit and earthy hops. Lots of wheat upfront along with malt notes of biscuit, grains, crackers, yeast, and straw. A little white pepper spice and honey like sweetness. Citrus hop notes of orange, apricot, pineapple, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of grass. A pretty solid well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth. Fairly drying.

Overall: A solid wheat ale. Hoppier than usual for the style but it lends a nice balance. (1,226 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date on can of 7/31/13.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dirty yellow color with a frothy white three finger head. Looks at home in a weizen glass.

Aroma: Wheat, a little white pepper, and some earth from the hops. Very similar grain aroma to their 8-Bit Pale Ale.

Taste: Very close to the aroma with a nice hoppy brightness to the palate. Starts with a little hop bitterness mixed with a good wheat flavor that develops into an almost rye-like character from the malt. I've had many of Tallgrass's offerings and apart from their stout all the malt bills have this rye-like flavor to them. Finish is smooth with a little earthy hop flavor. A little disappointed because it's advertised as having 'tropical fruit' hop character but I'm really not getting any of that. Still a great wheat beer and sessionable at 5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body and refreshing. Average carbonation. Really good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: While nothing about Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat really wows the palate, there is a great deal to be enjoyed in this beer. The refreshing and drinkable mix of flavors make it a perfect summer beer and one of the best Wheat Ales I've ever had. Would I drink it again? Yes. (1,208 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy deep pale straw color. Fluffy white head, slow recession. Light airy lacing.

Aroma: Floral, sweet, and some fruits in the beginning. Faint malts and wheat later on.

Taste: Very fruity and sweet before the grainy, wheat body. Some orange notes to begin. Light hop finish, barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, clean finish.

Overall: A noticeable fruity presence with nice sweetness, not my favorite wheat beer but good for a summer evening. (496 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat Beer
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating but marked "13 056"

From the get-go you can tell that this is no standard wheat, you can smell the hops as you pour it. The appearance, however, is typical. It looks like a cross between a Belgian witbier and a Bavarian Hefeweizen, although the bright white head drops readily though, more like a wittier. Still, it leaves some nice lacing as it goes, even if only temporarily.

The aroma is hoppy. It smells more like a "beer" than a wheat beer, although there is a good deal of wheat present, and a bit of yeast. The hops are mainly citrusy, but also a bit grassy and perhaps spicy, although the spiciness might be from the yeast.

In the mouth it's light to light-medium in body, and fizzy-crisp.

The flavor displays the hops more fully than the aroma suggests, and there's some pine in there along with the citrusy notes. The wheat flavor remains solid, and the yeast adds a light touch of chalkiness and (seemingly) some light spiciness - in that sense it's more like a Belgian witbier than a Bavarian Hefeweizen. I'm quite sure they're using a Belgian strain; and, in fact, have intended a Belgian-style wit with a bit of citrusy American hops thrown in. And it works. It's still refreshing and balanced but the citrusy/piney hops give it an unexpected twist and an added component of complexity. Nicely done! (1,398 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head, great retention. Hazy, dark straw colored body with unfiltered sediment floating around.
Smells like honey and
Sparkling water taste with a nice dryness. Some lemon and sunshine. Refreshing and clean.
Smooth and crisp texture. Moderate carbonation.
Pretty good and unique flavor and great looking to boot. (327 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into a pint glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, small bubbles, low retention, looks good.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little yeast, smells fine.

Beer is drinkable, wet on the palate, mild aftertaste, a little grainy, a little sweet from the yeast, not a great beer but there is nothing wrong with it, I just don't think I'd have it again. (355 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time trying something from this brewery; picked this can up as a part of a mix6 on a trip to St. Louis.

12oz can, very cloudy tangerine-orange colored ale, decent white head, leaves great lacing on the glass. Aromas are orange, wheat, not much else. Tastes are more orange- mandarin, tropical, sweet, wheat, lemongrass. Body is medium, creamy, a bit chalky, lower carbonation. Overall, the mandarin orange flavor is overpowering and too dominant. This wasn't bad, just not something I'd get again. (504 characters)

Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours pale yellow and hazy. Lots of sediment settle on the bottom of the glass.
Not a strong aroma only a light lemon smell.
This is a very good tasting American wheat beer. The dull bland flavor of most American wheat is missing and replaced with a refreshing citrus taste.
Overall this is one the better American Wheat that I have had. Bonus point for coming out of a can and being so reasonably priced. (408 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Served in a traditional weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a body of golden amber color with just a bit of brownish shadow from the unfiltered haze. Atop the body sits a fluffy three-finger stark white head. Retention is moderate, and it begins to dissipate slightly, shrinking down by about a half finger to reveal a healthy curtain of Lorraine Swiss lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell - Bright citrus and rustic grain come to the forefront, and you can tell this is an American wheat beer (rather than a traditional hefeweizen) by the absence of any kind of fruity ester characteristics. Instead, the aroma is crisp and herbal, with aromatics coming through from the hopping rather than the yeast profile. That said, there is a bit of pepperiness that I can only assume is a result of the yeast used.

Taste - This is a bit hoppier in flavor than I remember, but I've typically had this beer right out of the can at outdoor summer events, rather than served in a glass. It's a nice flavorful beer for the lake or a ballgame, but out of the glass, the hop characteristics shine even more, with a wonderful blend of grassy herbal notes and generic citrus zest that seems to lean towards lemon, but with notes of orange as well. There is a white pepper component that originally came through in the aroma, but is a little more obvious here. And rounding it out is a substantial grain base that gives the impression of rustic wheat bread, with just a slight sweetness as you might get from fresh bread.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy, almost round feel on the palate, which I tend to associate with the style.

Overall, this is a criminally underrated beer in my opinion. I don't know if I would have said that before I enjoyed it out of a glass, which really seemed to kick off the aromas in a way that enhanced the flavor as well. Tallgrass really has the makings of a solid portfolio of beers, and this is one of their best. (2,014 characters)

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